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Beauty Review: Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion – Deborah Tan

I love it when I have a “problem” whenever I’m reviewing a beauty product. Many of my friends have asked if the products I’ve tried in the course of my career work for real. The answer is often a YES. The amount of money poured into R&D by these brands has to mean something, and with people increasingly turning to online media for product reviews, it’d be pretty embarrassing if a product doesn’t work as well as it should. Which is why I am of the belief that we can afford to tone down on the Photoshop a lil’ bit. People aren’t asking for perfect, airbrushed skin. People want to know how a product really work. And, isn’t it always better to manage your consumers’ expectations than sell them a dream they can hardly achieve?

Laneige-BB-Soothing-CompactI was given a Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion to try at a recent meeting with the Laneige team. Having seen the TV ads about the product, I was curious to see if it does give a dewy, moisturised look to the complexion. No thanks to the haze, I have a zit at the end of my right eyebrow. Although many people have commented that my skin looks good, up close, you can still see the marks of years spent as an acne-ridden teenager.

Packaging
The Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion comes in a handy compact that shuts tightly. You do not have to worry about it popping open in your makeup pouch. The BB cream layer has an additional lid that snaps shut, ensuring spillages will not happen. The compact measures about 2.5 inches in diameter. The entire thing fits easily into a small clutch or your makeup pouch.

Product
Most BB creams come in a tube or a pump bottle. Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion holds a sponge soaked in the product. Press the sponge slightly with the applicator and apply as you would with, say, a two-way cake. The texture is watery (containing a high level of mineral water) rather than creamy. Upon application, I was surprised at the sheer (but substantial) coverage this BB cream gave. The watery texture meant it felt cooling on the skin and was easy to blend. Apparently, this BB cream increases the moisture content of your skin by 30% and has been proven to cool your skin down by 3 degrees Celsius. It also has an SPF of 50+ PA+++.

Verdict
I found the BB cream a breeze to apply. You don’t really have to worry about your face looking patchy because it practically melts into your skin. I do, as a precaution, still wear a layer of sunscreen before I put this BB cream on. Not that I don’t trust its ability to shield my skin from the sun’s UV rays but because I just don’t want to get too complacent about sun protection. If you desire more coverage, I strongly suggest you brush on a layer of two-way cake.

The photo below shows the Before and After shots of my skin up close. The After picture is me just wearing the BB Soothing Cushion. I did not put on any sunscreen before the BB cream nor did I apply any powder on top of it. And, as you can see, the zit is sufficiently concealed and my acne scars and pigment spots are less obvious.

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These pictures have not been digitally altered in any way.

You can get a really good deal on the Snow BB Soothing Cushion at the Laneige roadshow happening at VivoCity today and tomorrow – Lili and I popped by last night. If you are interested in trying it out, I strongly recommend you go check it out. If not, you can always redeem a travel-size sample by showing the beauty advisors at Laneige this picture.

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion was given to Material World for review purposes. All opinions are the author’s own and this review was not paid for by Laneige. Please read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and dreams of driving all the way to Russia in a Land Rover … Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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